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easy royal icing

Easy Royal Icing

A quick and easy royal icing perfect for sugar cookies and gingerbread men. It dries hard and tastes divine. You will love how quickly it comes together!
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups


  • 1/3 cup meringue powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix the meringue powder and water together on high until frothy - about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Place powdered sugar into the bowl and mix on low until incorporated.
  • Turn mixer to high for 2 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  • Test the icing consistency and add more water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency. If the icing is too thin, add more confectioners sugar.
Keyword royal icing